John M. Thompson
1970, St. Louis
John Morgan Thompson was born in Tampa, Florida on February 14, 1924. He attended the University of Florida and received a B.S. degree at Tulane University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he worked with Dr. Clinton Woolsey in the neurophysiology laboratory during his last 3 years ofmedical school. He spent 6 months as a fellow in neuroanatomy at the Montreal Neurological Institute in 1946 under the direction of Dr. Wilder Penfield. He married Dorothy Georgene Kinne, a recent graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Anesthesia, in 1947. He graduated from medical school in 1948 and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and Sigma Xi. He received the Borden Undergraduate Research Award in Medicine on graduation. He was a National Research Council Fellow in Neurophysiology from 1948 to 1949. He served his internship at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor from 1949 to 1950 and then became an assistant resident in general surgery at the University of Michigan. He was called to active duty by the Navy in October 1950 and was classified as a general surgeon and was loaned to the Army. He was sent to Korea with MASH 8225 as a general surgeon and was in the forward MASH unit during 1951. He later was a general surgeon at the Corpus Christi Naval Hospital.
Dr. Thompson returned to the University of Michigan Hospital in 1952 and became an assistant resident in neurology. He then was a resident in neurological surgery under the direction of Dr. Edgar Kahn and Dr. Richard Schneider. He was invited to join the faculty of the University of Michigan when he completed his surgical residency.
Dr. Thompson has practiced neurological surgery in St.Petersburg, Florida for almost 35 years. He has been chief of staff at the All Children's Hospital and also at the Bayfront Medical Center. He has been treasurer and vice president of the Pinellas County Medical Society. Dr. Thompson has been a member of the faculty of the University of South Florida School of Medicine since it was founded 20 years ago. He has taught neuroanatomy and neurological surgery and is currently clinical professor of neurological surgery. He was invited to give the commencement address to the graduating class of the Medical School in 1977. He was a lecturer at the Stetson University School of Law from 1956 to 1980.
Dr. Thompson served on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons from 1962 to 1971. He was secretary from 1965 to 1968 and president from 1969 to 1970. He is pleased that his classmate in medical school, Dr. Walter Dandy, Jr., was able to attend the St. Louis meeting in 1970 since Dr. Walter Dandy, Sr. was born in Missouri. Dr. Thompson had the pleasure of being introduced to Dr. Walter Dandy, Sr. by his son while he was in medical school. Dr. Thompson considers it a privilege that he has had the opportunity to be associated with four of the previous honored guests of the Congress, Dr. Walter Dandy, Sr., Dr. Wilder Penfield, Dr. Edgar Kahn, and Dr. Richard Schneider.
John and Dorothy Thompson have two children. Lauralee Ann Thompson graduated from Tulane Medical School and is Board certified in both radiology and nuclear medicine. She practices in Los Angeles, California. John T. Thompson graduated from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is now an associate professor at Yale Medical School where he is in charge of the retina and vitreous sections of the Department of Ophthalmology. The Thompsons have two grandchildren, one born at The Johns Hopkins and one born at Yale.